Ooty–one of South India’s most famous hill resorts offers views that are hypnotic. It is not shocking that you will find the best places to visit in Ooty if you are mountains, lakes or tea groves. This stunning Tamil Nadu resort houses the Nilgiri ranges, which are high and with never stopping green wetlands and a vivid emerald lake that soothe the senses. It has all that makes a hill station popular; there is much to see and enjoy while sightseeing of Ooty, from vibrant gardens to the oldest shrine.
1. Botanical Garden – For The Amazing Flower Display
The Botanical Garden, built-in 1847 over 55 hectares, is a beautifully designed garden which is one of Ooty’s best spots to explore. The garden is divided into several sections, namely, the Lower Garden, the New Garden and the Italian Park. Spectrums of trees, shrubs, ferns, herbicide, orchids and bonsai varieties, both indigenous and foreign, are displayed here.
Key attractions: Cork Tree (only one species in India), Paper Bark tree and Monkey Puzzle tree (even the monkeys cannot climb it).
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
2. Rose Garden – A Spectrum Of Various Colours
With more than 3600 varieties of rose, the Rose Garden is one of the most gorgeous places you must cover during sightseeing in Ooty. Awarded as the‘ Garden of Excellence’ by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS), this is one of the largest rose gardens in India, spread across 10 acres of land. Explore this place to cherish the exotic species and to buy plants and saplings for your own garden.
Key attractions: Tea roses, cactus roses, miniature roses, ramblers, black, and green roses
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
3. Ooty Lake – The Sparkling Beauty
One of Ooty Lake’s most popular and pleasant locations in 2 days to visit in Ooty. The lake lies in the center of the lush valleys with the backdrop of the picturesque Nilgiris. Several thrilling boat races are held here during the Ooty summer festival in May. The lake also serves as a playground.
Key attractions: Pedal, motor, row boating, and mini toy train
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 6: 30 pm
4. Pykara Lake – A Picturesque Attraction
Pykara is a lake shining in the midst of the lush green valleys of Nilgiri. There’s also a turbulent waterfall with the same name. A day trip can be achieved by auto, city bus or private taxi if you live near Ooty. Visitors will hike up to the falls, take a boat ride and explore the picturesque valleys.
Key attractions: Boathouse for various types of boating
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
5. Doddabetta Peak – A Wonderful Trekking Spot
The Doddabetta Peak is a breathtaking and enigmatic visual treat for all of you, the most awe‐inspirational view from Nilgiri’s peak. Together with the top, you will admire the green scenery, thick forests and view of Ooty from a picture postcard. You’re going to love this spot if you’re a trekker.
Key attractions: The Telescope House for a stunning view
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
6. Shooting Point – A Popular Location For Bollywood Shoots
Film buffs easily recognize this sparkling green meadow with its thick forests and mesmeric Nilgiris as many Bollywood blockbusters have seen. Locally referred to as’ Shooting Medu,’ the location is great for relaxing, picnic and spectacular views. This position will top the list while traveling with your kids. This is one of Ooty’s locations for one day to explore. Do not forget to bring your phones! Carry your devices!
Key attractions: Horse riding and trekking to tribal villages nearby
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
7. St Stephen’s Church – Nilgiri’s Oldest Church
The church of St Stephen’s is situated on Upper Bazar Road— one of the most popular spots to visit in Ooty within 2 days. It is one of the most historic churches in Tipú sultan’s residence, including stained glass windows, wooden elephants and colonial tiles. Those who have something for heritage definitely will come to this church to fulfill their curiosity. Make sure this church for your travel in Ooty is included in the list of places to visit.
Key attractions: Stunning painting of Last Supper
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm